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Visiting Professors Pave Way for Student Exchanges Between Northwest BC and China

With an extensive visit from two delegates from its sister institution, Northwest Community College is one step closer to offering a new student exchange program to Qingdao, China. Peng Haitao and Sara Yue, both from the School of Logistics at Qingdao Vocational and Technical College (QVTC), are in Canada for two months to get better acquainted with NWCC and its Terrace and Prince Rupert Faculty and campuses. The professors arrived in Terrace October 30 where they stayed until November 26. They are now in Prince Rupert and will return to China December 27. During their visit, the instructors are working with NWCC Faculty to develop courses and credentials for a student exchange program between their institution and NWCCs Business Administration department. The exchange program, which will see NWCC students studying business courses in English at QVTC and QVTC students doing the same at NWCC, is scheduled to start September 2008. The ideal vision is the College becomes a focus destination where students can gain real knowledge, experience and exposure to doing business in Asia, particularly China, states NWCC Dean of Business Administration Dave OLeary. The student and Faculty exchanges are a continuation of a partnership agreement signed between QVTC and NWCC in 2005. NWCC president Stephanie Forsyth is confident the link between the two institutions will benefit local students and communities. The opening of the Prince Rupert Container Port has brought China right to our doorstep, states Stephanie Forsyth. With international business occurring on such a large scale it is even more economically imperative that we create educational partnerships with this global trading and business partner. The International Business Diploma program, and related Continuing Education programs, will provide critical training opportunities for our region. The student exchange aspect not only provides invaluable educational and cultural experience within each country, it will also build and foster personal alliances so crucial to business and economic success. In February 2008, another two instructors from Qingdao will visit NWCC with two NWCC instructors heading to China in May. Qingdao Vocational and Technical College is a government-run institution that started as a polytechnic school in 1975. It is internationally known for its innovative teaching and research. Qingdao is a popular tourist destination on the northeast coast of China, just over 1,000 kilometres north of Shanghai. Its population is close to eight million.

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